Arsene Wenger has brushed off suggestions he could quit Arsenal for Bundesliga side Schalke.
The Frenchman is contracted to stay with the Gunners until June 2014, but after seven seasons without winning a trophy he has come under pressure from some of the Emirates faithful, despite being the most successful manager in the club’s history.
Schalke axed Dutch manager Huub Stevens before Christmas after a poor run of domestic form, with new man Jens Keller overseeing one match so far following the winter break, a 5-4 win over Hannover. However, there have been suggestions he could be replaced.
Asked about speculation linking him with Schalke at his press conference prior to Saturday’s FA Cup fourth round trip to Brighton, Wenger told reporters: “I am totally committed to this club [Arsenal].”
The Gunners face the prospect of failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 1998, with the Emirates Stadium club currently trailing fourth-placed Tottenham by four points.
They are also 19 points behind leaders Manchester United, meaning there is little prospect of claiming a first league title since 2004, when the side went unbeaten throughout the whole campaign.